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chronic post-surgical abdominal pain
I have had 8 abdominal surgeries for peritonitis/diverticulitis from ruptured diverticulum/colostomy/MRSA debridement w/fascitis/ventral,umbilical& incisional hernias(x4) and most recently, abdominoplasty.  My pain is lower left quadrant and left side, into back. I do have spondylithesis at L5 but not current problem.  Abdominal pain is steady & chronic burning. Swelling immediately upon rise in am eventually causing numbness/paresthesias etc. Pain is new since last surgery and has been constant since that surgery. Last surgery (abdominopolasty) 5 months ago. CT scan is normal. Worse pain with lateral twisting and diaphragmatic inspiration. I cannot function without full-time wear of abdominal support.  I think is abdominal wall pain with intermittent herniation at colostomy repair site and suspect additional left internal oblique tear.  I'm requesting advice for next best diagnostic test, especially MRI vs. abdominal ultrasonography.  My colorectal surgeon suggested abdominal exercises for strengthening but I can't even come close to doing this from the burning pain it induces.  My plastic surgeon thinks I need mesh across the abdomen.  I am 50 years old and otherwise in great health.  Frustruated where to look next!  Thanks.
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